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Surprises According to Humphrey
by Betty G. Birney
Kids' Wings Award for Outstanding Literature
Texas Bluebonnet Award NomineeSM

"Life is full of surprises, and I think that's a VERY VERY good thing!"

Humphrey the hamster is the best class pet ever, but don't tell him. He thinks he's a student. His best friends are the kids in Mrs. Brisbane's like Raise-Your-Hand-Heidi, Wait-for-the-Bell-Garth, and Pay-Attention-Art-Pastel. Unfortunately, they can't understand Humphrey's words that sound like squeaks to them, but they seem to know what he means. Humphrey's best friend is Og, the frog who lives in the tank next door to him. Og's language sounds like BOING to Humphrey, but he's pretty sure he knows what he means.

A lot of things surprise Humphrey. Things like Spring and fire drills. He worries about his friend who cleans his room at night after he starts saying words he can't understand, so he's pretty sure that aliens have taken him and one stayed in his place. Will Humphrey eat the veggies he gives him? Absolutely not!

Most of all, Humphrey and Mrs. Brisbane worry about the students who can't follow the rules. What will they do to help them be happy and successful?

Surprises According to Humphrey is the book that kids will love! Have you ever laughed 'til you cried through a speech and, suddenly, at the end you realized that a rope of ideas had been woven into an important truth you will never forget? Well, that is how Humphrey tells his story. We would give to new teachers, retiring teachers, and any teachers who love us enough to think of Wacky Wednesday!

Research Links
Surprises According to Humphrey

Author Betty Birney
More Hamster Dancing
How to Care for Hamsters
Hamster Care
Hamster Hideout

Literary Connections
Other Award-Winning Animal Stories:

Squirrel's World by Lynn Moser (easy chapter book)
Hamster Magic by Lynne Jonell
Kenny and the Dragon by Tony Tony DiTerlizzi
The Buddy Files: The Case of the Lost Boy by Dori Hillestad Butler
Wild Times at the Bed and Biscuit by Joan Carris
by Eloise Broach
Each Little Bird that Sings by Deborah Wiles
The Uglified Ducky, A Maynard Moose Tale by Willie Claflin (picture book)
Down Girl and Sit by Lucy Nolan
Christopher Mouse by William Wise

Thunder from the Sea by Joan Hiatt Harlow

The White Elephant by Sid Fleischman

Cockroach Cooties by Leda Schubert

Maybelle in the Soup by Katie Speck

Poppy and Ereth's Birthday by Avi

Charlotte's Web
Hysterical Animal Picture Books

Surprises According to Humphrey
You can purchase the 31-page unit for Surprises According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney NOW for immediate download for only $17.95! Includes Song and Jeopardy-type game!
Click Here to Purchase and Download

A 31-page unit for Surprises According to Humphrey is available in Gifts and Givers and as an instant download. The Unit Contains:
Discussion Cards
Crossword Puzzle
Two-page Readers’ Theater Script
Memory Box Book Talk
Gifts and Talents in Mrs. Brisbane's Class
Character Lesson: Reading Mrs. Brisbane's Mind
Anticipation Guide
Humphrey's Squeaky Surprises in
Summary Song
with two voices and melody
Chapter Guides including:
Vocabulary, Predict-Read-Confirm Chapter Questions, and Activities
Multiple Choice Comprehension
Spring Has Sprung Math Bulletin Board
Crossword Puzzle for Chapters 6 and 7
Writing Summary Sentences
Discussion/Writing Prompts

Comprehension Test for pages 124-128
Matching Vocabulary Tests
  and a Jeopardy-type Game.


Surprises According to Humphrey is included in the Kids Wings Gifts and Givers collection of literature guides for award-winning novels and intermediate-level picture books. This collection comes in a spiral-bound book with CD and site license for one school. The Gifts and Givers package includes 24 literature guides for award-winning books, over 500 pages of activities, 7 Jeopardy-type games, and 9 Karoke-type songs You can purchase a literature guide individually for around $12.95, but if you order Gifts and Givers, you can get 24 literature guides on sale, for about $1.00 each! This is one of the best bargain in the USA, while quantities last!




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